Back to the Landers

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Date(s) - 07/09/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hobbs State Park visitor Center


This presentation discusses the legacy of the back-to-the-land movement in the Arkansas Ozarks during the 1960s and 1970s, in particular how in-migrants from urban areas learned about local Ozark flora, fauna, and folk culture. By creating a fast link to established folklore and naturalist figures such as Vance Randolph and Donald Harrington, the “hipbillies” quickly began to assimilate into Ozark communities (though not perfectly) and took the lead in preserving the natural beauty and folk traditions of the Ozarks.